Georgia finalizing deal with basketball coach Tom Crean, reports say

Georgia finalizing deal with basketball coach Tom Crean, reports say

Tom Crean has still stayed in Bloomington after he was sacked by in on March 16, 2017. Between the two programs, he holds a 166-135 overall record, having won three regular season titles and making it to three Sweet 16's (all with Indiana) and a Final Four (in 2003 with Marquette).

"I am honored an humbled to join the University of Georgia family", Crean said. The word of his firing dropped right before the start of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

Crean takes over a Georgia men's basketball program that slumped to mediocrity.

Georgia reportedly tried to hire former Ohio State coach Thad Matta, but Matta turned the Bulldogs down. That nine-season run was highlighted by a trip to the Final Four in 2003, when junior guard Dwyane Wade led the Warriors and weeks later became an National Basketball Association top-five pick. Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported he was interested in the Georgia job after ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello reported the Bulldogs fired Mark Fox. "He's going to be a great fit for the University of Georgia", athletics director Greg McGarity said in a statement released by the school. Crean led Marquette to a Conference USA title and IN to two Big Ten regular season championships.

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Crean's new salary would have ranked among the top 10 nationally this season. The news came on the first day of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

"I've never lost the drive to coach, but I haven't (been) consumed with the fact I'm not coaching", Crean told The Chicago Tribune in January.

Crean interviewed with Georgia officials on Thursday. All 52 seniors to play for Crean during his head coaching career have earned a degree. That leaves its most recent tournament win in 1997.

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